The pride of Dayton wins again

Dayton Invincible Regulating Striders at Buck or Die 2018While WGI is happening right here in Dayton, a group of Dayton kids traveled to Atlanta to compete in “Buck or Die” which is a drill team competition.
I’ve written about the Dayton Invincible Regulating Striders before. Same story.

They went, they competed, they kicked butt.

They won “best performance overall” which means their scores beat out all the dance teams, step teams and drum lines in the competition. They won Division 4. They won best costumes.

They are now the back to back champs after winning in 2017 as well.

Congratulations to Michael McCorkle- the founder and director- and all the parents, and kids who make our city look good.

Who says you don’t see anything positive on esrati.com?

 

Together we did. RIP Jean Booker

Jean Booker, undated

Jean Booker, undated

There is no mention of Jean Booker on the worthless Dayton Public Schools website. Or of her passing.

Forgetting those who came before, and what they did is a cardinal sin. It should not be my job to let the community know that a person who did as much for education in Dayton has passed- that job used to be done by the newspaper, but, well, calling it either “news” or a “paper” now is almost quaint.

I saw the one line obit in the paper last week. I, knew right away that a giant in DPS history had left the proverbial building. I waited. Nothing in the paper, nothing on the DPS site. Shameful.

I remember Ms. Booker as a school board member. Others remember her for her years as a teacher and administrator. I’m not qualified to write her obit- but I did find a few things online via Facebook that should tell you more than enough about her character and commitment to education in our community.

“BOOKER, Jean Daly Age 91-passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Hospice of Dayton.” is not enough. That services will be arranged in the future is not important. What is important is that she knew education. Read this letter to graduates that she wrote back in 1981 as principal of Fairview HS.

Together, Jean, we did. Thank you for your public service. I would appreciate anyone sharing Jean Booker stories in the comments.

thumbnail of Jean booker fairview grad letter

BOOKER (Daly), Jean Eleanor
91, passed away quietly March 3, 2018 at Hospice of Dayton.

She was born in Dayton October 31, 1926 to the late Nellie (Williams) and Clemence A.

Daly. One brother, Robert, preceded her in death. Survived by her loving son, Robert, of Indianapolis, devoted friend and loving companion, Geraldine (Gerry) Thompson, special friends Anna Robinson of Indianapolis, Kevin Furlow of Dayton and countless friends, including hundreds of her loving students. Jean was a graduate of Roosevelt High School (1944), Oberlin College (1948) and received her Master of Arts Degree from Miami University. Her career began at Edison and Grace A. Green, teaching elementary physical education, and in 1950 Jean moved to Roosevelt High School. Her years at Roosevelt were as a teacher (1950 – 1961), counselor (1961- 1963) and assistant principal (1963-1968). She then served at Fairview High School as assistant principal, acting principal and as appointed principal. With the closing of Fairview, Jean moved to Meadowdale, serving as principal until her retirement in 1985. Jean was a member of the Dayton Board of Education from 1988 to 1999 and served as its President for 3 years. Her many community awards and involvement include: Dayton Ten Top Women 1963, American Youth Foundation Trustee, and Wesley Center Steering Committee. Environmental concerns were paramount in Jean’s life; she enjoyed the beauty of nature. Watching wild birds in her back yard inspired her. Other experiences enriched her life, including traveling, hiking, walking at Englewood Dam, downhill skiing in her late 60’s and Grand Canyon white water rafting at 78. She was an active member and Elder of College Hill Presbyterian Church and sang in the church choir. Jean was a long-time supporter of the American Youth Foundation and afforded many students and College Hill youth the opportunity to attend its summer leadership conferences. Jean began her own 35-year AYF career as a Miniwanca camper in 1943. She served as a board member for many years until her retirement in 2010. At her retirement the AYF director summed up Jean’s years as “a guiding light to young people and one who was always concerned that the program challenge campers to ‘aspire nobly, adventure daringly, and serve humbly’.” Jean Daly Booker was a Christian servant, an advocate for justice and a blessing to us all. Jean, applying always her faith to human needs, donated her body to The Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University. A Celebration of Life service will be Saturday, April 7, 2018, 2:00 p.m. at Shiloh Church, (5300 Philadelphia Drive, Dayton) Pastor Darryll Young, officiating.

Source: BOOKER (Daly), Jean Eleanor – Dayton Daily News

The Dayton Daily 2/3rds news

The Dayton Daily News “broke” the story that my neighborhood investor/rehabber Beavercreek resident Theresa Gasper has declared as a Democratic Candidate for the Ohio 10th to face Mike Turner. They report that she and Rob Klepinger will face off in the primary. Rob has run twice- and captured about 37% of the vote, without spending $10K.

Totally missing from the story is Michael Milisits, a Riverside rep, who announced before either of them thought of it. A Union steward at CWA Local 4322, he’s been at this for a few months.Look him up.

Now, the question is if the Montgomery County Democratic Party can keep their boys in the back room screening committee out of the primary- other than to vet candidates- not endorse.

In other news, the Dayton Daily news, announces their new advertising tagline: “If it’s in Dayton, it’s news to us.”

The new SBA regional bigwig is a Dayton original

For those of you who read this blog, and watch my videos, you’ll probably remember the 20 minute ramble my friend from across the aisle- Rob Scott and I had about running to be a precinct captain last week: How to run for precinct captain for your party- the video

It quickly got over 1000 views in just a few days, and I’ve had more people come up to me and thank me for it than any video in a long time.

Regional SBA director Rob Scott knows how to share the christmas spirt

Confidence, is being able to wear this suit. Rob Scott is ready to be Santa Claus for small business.

Next time we sit down to talk about something, he’ll be the regional administrator for SBA’s Great Lakes Region (Region V), which covers Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, and he’s moving the office from Chicago to Ohio. He’ll oversee SBA operations, eight district offices and federal small business assistance programs throughout the six-state region.

The SBA is the one federal organization that actually helps create jobs, providing technical assistance, training, loans and support to small businesses- which make up 99.7% of the employers out there.

When my veterans business group was working to help vetrepreneurs get going- we relied on the SBA office at WSU. Many of my clients got their financing through an SBA loan.

Hopefully, Mr. Bigwig will still be willing to come talk to a small businessman (me) about how the SBA is here to help us little guys get ahead and we’ll make another video.

Rob is a local product graduating from Kettering Fairmount High School, and then getting a degree in Political Science from Wright State and a JD from University of Dayton Law School. He’s on the Kettering City Council, and has practiced law and run political campaigns, including being the Ohio director for the Trump campaign. While at Wright State, Rob worked at the Dayton Daily News, and for a long time wrote a weekly editorial for the Dayton City Paper.

He also launched the Tea Party in the area, overthrew the local Republican Party via a planned precinct captain takeover campaign, and then stepped down when the old school monied elite withdrew support.

Knowing Rob and his dedication to small business and his deep commitment to public service, I’m pretty sure the SBA will be in good hands.

Here’s a great SBA fact sheet on what kind of impact the small business has on the national economy. And, if you listen to Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal like I do, you’ll know Kai’s saying that Wall Street and the Dow is not the economy, even though the people in Washington keep getting it confused with the real economic engine- the small businesses of America. I’m hoping Rob can get that message to the idiots in Congress who’ve sold out to corporate America.

Best of luck Rob. We’ll be rooting for you.

 

The Dayton Day-old News

Annotated Dayton Daily news showing bad news was the norm then and now

Front page of the Dayton Daily News on September 22, 1933 during the John Dillinger arrest- and still a bad newspaper

I stopped getting home delivery of the Dayton Daily News years ago because the paper couldn’t be on my doorstep at 6am everyday. I’m a morning person, and the ritual of getting up, reading the paper and moving on is important.

The iPad edition sucks. It gives a visual representation of a printed paper, and you can tap on an article and get it in a readable, scroll-able format. You can increase type size, and you can share (although limited). There is zero interaction with the paper or other readers through this edition. The app crashes, takes forever to load, has quirks like posting a grey box over the info on what stations and times an NFL game is, and if you switch apps- you are again waiting for the slow load.

It’s digital newspaper only the way a non-digital person would think of delivering it- still. In 2017.

But, now since the Cox sisters shut down the Franklin Print Technology center- the print edition has a deadline of 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm- depending on who you ask. It doesn’t matter. A “morning daily” that has a deadline much before 11pm is not a morning daily. Today’s paper didn’t have the Trotwood HS state championship score- or recap- just an article about the upcoming game. For the record- Trotwood beat Dresden Tri-Valley 27-19.

And they wonder why no one subscribes?

Of course, because they don’t understand digital in the least, they’ve done stupid things galore.

The most annoying is having all their “reporters” have Facebook presence and try to create clickbait stories, do polls, and “engage” with Facebook audiences. I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve seen them “find” on Facebook- and make it into the paper days later. Trolling facebook for news has to be the most pathetic thing ever done by a true journalist.

Unfortunately, in order for Democracy to work the way our founding fathers envisioned it a vibrant, thriving fourth estate is mandatory. Without the checking of their actions, we’re doomed to the kind of insanity that’s been going on in DPS, Dayton City Hall, the state house and the jail.

As the Dayton Day-old news continues to focus on shootings, car accidents, and running stories off the wire, there is less reason for an educated population to read it. They can all get the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal or New York Times delivered on the same device for about the same money and get real reporting with real news- albeit, not local.

It’s said that the advent of CraigsList- free classifieds, that sucked revenue out of the newspaper was the first major blow, but it’s a lot more complicated than just a loss of easy ad revenue. Newspapers didn’t understand how to communicate in a web 2.0 world to save their ink wells. The saying “Never argue with anyone who buys ink by the barrel” was so ingrained in their old school heads that they thought the only “discussion” was limited to “Letters to the editor” and an occasional guest column on the “Op-Ed Page”- that’s short for Opposite Editorial Page- which is funny, because the Dayton Day-old news did away with the Editorial page (local) long ago. No longer are “impartial” observers of the community trusted to define the local issues of the day in their world- we’ll try to “curate” the best and brightest of national writers, with an occasional local group spew guided conversation of people we deem as friends of our family (or whatever.) In the meantime- the rest of the world has thrived on legitimate discussion and conversation. Ever seen Reddit? 4Chan? Or Facebook? It’s full of conversations, by amateurs, on current events and interest. Where’s the 2 way channel on the Dayton Daily? It’s on Facebook- a property they don’t own, that they don’t get real revenue from, and where they aren’t in control. What kind of business model is that? A doomed on.

Cox has recently sold off good papers in other markets where they don’t have joint media properties- like a newspaper plus TV plus radio. This kind of operation used to be illegal- but Cox was grandfathered in in Dayton and Atlanta. Yet, here, the “integrated newsroom” is just as badly run as a single newsroom because their answer to the digital Armageddon has been to create more bad sites instead of on focusing on one good one- and then building a community.

No one other than them sees local news any differently on a digital screen from WHIO TV, WHIO Radio, Dayton Daily- etc. You don’t need 10 bad sites- you need one good one.

You don’t deliver news via “channels” you deliver it to people on screens of all kinds. And frankly, instead of printing your paper in Indy- you’d have saved money by giving the few remaining print subscribers a tablet with cellular connectivity and delivered the paper with a constant news stream that can be customized to their preferences- but, nooooo, you don’t get it.

You didn’t build a community, you destroyed it. You didn’t build a database of customers to deliver targeted ads, you let someone else do it, you didn’t invest in the best possible content producers with a deep understanding of local issues- you hired kids out of school and asked for click bait. You didn’t integrate production in a way that works – you kept following the same old “if it bleeds it leads” news style which isn’t really that interesting unless it’s at least 5 people bleeding (mass shootings have raised the bar on sensitivity).

I’ve offered before to help the Cox sisters put their inheritance back on the track to greatness in the era that they haven’t yet figured out, and I’m still willing to help them out- even though they still have enough money to actually benefit from the new tax plan (guaranteeing that if they just sold all this off- they’d still be rich beyond need and not be bothered with the rigors of pretend journalism). But, it’ll never happen.

You see, fake news is actually real news now, and day old fake news works just as well- just click here to see what Barbara Cox was doing when she got caught on film just before she died….